I will be unable to do the news tomorrow morning, Monday October 21. I will return on Tuesday morning.
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Specials and Events
Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, Reef TV, KREM, and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, Belize Now, Talk Ah Di Town, and other specials.
The San Pedro Sun
San Pedro Birders Enjoy Annual BAS Urban Bird Watch
On Sunday, October 13th, at the crack of dawn, bird aficionados flocked to San Pedro’s Central Park to participate in the annual Belize Audubon Society (BAS) Urban Bird Watch. Held throughout the country during October, the birding activity was initiated by the Belize Audubon Society in 2009 with the intent of engaging birders of all levels with birdwatching within an urban habitat. For the beginner, who may not be ready for deep forest exploration, the three-hour townified excursion from 6AM to 9AM is more civilized. The Urban Bird Watch is always accompanied by an expert birder, and the San Pedro group of five early risers were joined by renowned Belizean birder Roni Martinez.
Boat captain workshop hosted by SPTOA
Aiming to increase safety, San Pedro Tour Operators Association (SPTOA) organized a boat captain’s workshop at the San Pedro High School conference room on Wednesday, October 16th. The workshop was facilitated by Marelco Limited, which is the authorized executive distributor for Yamaha boat engines in Belize.
Representatives from the many tour companies in San Pedro gathered at 7PM to participate in the event, which provided valuable information on basic mechanical techniques that can be put in practice in case of an incident with their boat engine. The following day, from 9AM to 4PM at Amigos Del Mar Dive Shop, members of Marelco showed island boat captains how to properly perform basic mechanics as well as change engine parts and fuel.
Various Belizean Sources
Murder in Corozal
On Saturday, October 19th, 2019, about 1:15 a.m., Police visited a residence on 5th Street South, Corozal Town. Upon arrival, they found 66 year old Paul Anthony Castillo on a bed with multiple chop wounds to the body.
Earlier in the night Castillo was socializing with others inside the house when he was chopped during a fight . The body was transported to the Corozal Hospital where it was pronounced dead.
Caye Caulker won Destination of the Year at the National Tourism Awards!!
Rotaract Costume Competition 2019
The Rotaract Club of San Ignacio is having their annual costume contest and haunted house on Saturday, November 2nd. It'll be at Hode's, and it'll be bigger and better than ever.
"Our annual Halloween Costume Competition is only weeks away!
Entrance is $5
There will be games, prizes and surprises!
This year we will be having kids, teens and adults participating!
Join us on this spooktacular night!"
Half Moon Caye Natural Monument is 2019’s Tourism Site of the Year!!
As back-to-back winners, we are proud to be co-managers of Half Moon Caye, Belize’s 1st Protected Area, and can’t wait to celebrate this incredible recognition with our 50th Anniversary. We are overwhelmed with gratitude and joy to take this award home for the 2nd year in a row
National Tourism Award 2019
Guests arriving at the National Tourism Awards 2019.
San Pedro Tourist Guide Association wins 2019 Tour Guide Association of the Year!
Thank you to All committee members, tour guides, and ALL who have made it possible to get this prestigious award again!! Thank you San Pedro!!!
A very delicious drink done by the Yucatec Maya of Belize based on calabazita Blanca known in Maya as X To'op. U ka'aba'e' le ukuula Xe'ek' . This drink is a mixture of rice, cinnamon, sugar and a little of Coconut milk to give that unique touch .
MOO - MACAW
MOO - MACAW
The Scarlet Macaw is one of the birds found in Belize known in Yucatec Maya as Moo or Xkandzuloop . Unfortunately,the Scarlet Macaw is endangered, a victim of human greed .
"The mountain will not have the plain, the mountain will not have water because in all the towns and provinces there will be no Bacabs ... And then Kinich kakmo, Macaw of Fire will come from the solar face, to reign ... sin, guilt and destruction by stones and depopulated In the end, because of the ambitious of those to govern. This is how it manifests. Ah Kinich kakmo will arrive ... Heaven will turn and Earth will turn. "
14 Cultural Development Fund Grants Given to Close the Second Cycle
The Bliss Center for the Performing Arts was host to the Award Ceremony for the second Cycle of the Cultural Development Fund’s (CDF) Award Ceremony. 14 groups presented projects with requests for technical or financial assistance which fulfilled the criteria under which the CDF was able to provide support. These groups come from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds and have projects that are aiming to enhance or exhibit Belize.
After a welcome address by Dr. John Morris the Director of the Institute of Archaeology where he stated, “I like the process that is used to get to the endpoint where we can give out the funds.
Separate Road Traffic Accidents Kills 2 In The South
The Reporter has confirmed that there was not one but two traffic fatalities last night in the Stann Creek district, one in Pomona and one reportedly three miles outside Dangriga Town.
Guatemalan Suspects Sought for Vicious Murder
Benque Police are working alongside their Guatemalan counterparts in an effort to flush out two suspects who are believed to have absconded across the Guatemalan border following the murder of Santa Familia resident Juan De La Cruz Carrias, 56, which occurred on Friday.
November 2020 Must Be About ‘LAND REFORM’
By: Major Lloyd Jones (Ret’d) - Land is one of the most powerful tools used by Belizean politicians to control the masses. It features prominently in the national equation which determines political reward and punishment.
Land is often used by politicians to bribe voters: if you want a piece of land you must register in their division and promise to vote for them.
Cops Contemplate Charges Against Bus Driver in Fatal RTA
Cops say that they are contemplating whether any charges will be laid against James Bus driver Jaylon Gomez, 41, who was behind the wheel of a passenger bus that knocked down and killed cousins Fidel and Edgar Cho on Saturday night. (October 12th.)
Thieves Target Buttonwood Bay Primary on Long Weekend
While the masses were enjoying a long holiday weekend, punctuated by heavy rains precipitated by a cluster of showery clouds, thieves were busy relieving Buttonwood Bay Nazarene Primary School of over $7,000 worth of kitchenware, snacks, school appliances and supplies.
Local Graffiti Artist Making Magic
By Michelle Sutherland – Growing up in Orange Walk Town and venturing on family trips to neighboring Chetumal, Elvis Eddy Aldana, 30, has always been exposed to and mesmerized by an art form called graffiti. Then three years ago he journeyed to Chetumal to purchase clothes for the Christmas holidays, but instead returned home with a bag filled with spray paint.
Electricity Rates Simplified
Back in August, this newspaper published an article explaining how electricity rates are applied and how cooling agents, such as using more fans, and the way how your fridge has to work harder to keep its temperature can mean the difference between a low electricity bill and a significantly higher one.
Breaking Belize News
Police investigating shooting incident in Belize City
Police are investigating a shooting incident that occurred on Friday night in Belize City.
Tyrique Alexander Medwood,21, was at the corner of Sarstoon and Ebony Streets socializing with a friend when a man approached them and fired a single shot at them.
Man chopped to death in Corozal
Authorities are investigating the murder of a man in Corozal.
Around 1:15 am today, police responded to a report on 5th Street South in Corozal and found the body of Paul Anthony Castillo,66.
Police investigating shooting that left man injured in Ladyville
Authorities are investigating a shooting incident that occurred last night in Ladyville, Belize.
Around 10:35, police responded to a report at the corner of Tapnachick and Pigeon Streets and found Denfield Tasher Jr. suffering from a gunshot wound to the lower back.
National Student Union of Belize calls for action through membership
The nexus between corruption and contemporary Belizean governance run parallel affecting all economic classes in Belize to the point of asphyxiation. The current government seems to have exhausted all avenues of political mileage limiting economic growth and innovation while conditioning economic inequality and insecurity that prompts immense social disruption in the form of mutiny.
Belize hosts 5th Annual Multinational Security Cooperation Conference
On October 8, the Ministry of National Security and Defense hosted the 5th Annual Multinational Security Cooperation Conference at the Grand Caribe Belize Suites & Residences in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye.
UNHCR and partners host Refugee Storytelling Exhibition
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), in collaboration with the Embassy of Mexico in Belize, the Embassy of Costa Rica in Belize and the Organization of American States (OAS), held the Refugee Children Storytelling Exhibit on October 17.
Belize City Council Dragons search for 3rd championship in Firms Basketball League
Tonight the finals for the Firms Basketball League is underway at the Swift Hall basketball court in Belize City.
Defending champions, Belize City Council Dragons take on Tuff Enuff Tours.
Debra Baptist Estrada, new Director of Immigration Department
Debra Baptist Estrada is next in line to become the Director of the Immigration Department.
She will take the reins from Director Diana Locke who presided over the department during the dark days of the senate inquiry.
“Boo” shot near Love Park, Belama
Just days ago, Justin Marin better known as “Boo” was calling for peace between gang factions in Belama, Belize.
However, his plea went unheard when he was targeted by a gunman this morning.
Belize Birding Festival starts today
Day One of the 2nd Annual Belize Birding Festival kicks off today at the beautiful San Ignacio Resort.
The weekend-long event is held through a collaboration between the Belize Audubon Society (BAS), Belize Hotel Association (BHA) and the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA).
Tarique Medwood, 21, survives shooting
Last night we reported that there was a shooting on Belize City’s southside.
Today, we can confirm that the victim is Tarique Medwood.
Senior citizen dies in road traffic accident last night
Last night we reported that there was a fatal road traffic accident in Southern Belize.
The victim has since been identified as Samuel King, a senior citizen.
Evagelical Churches celebrate ‘1 Day, 1 Million’ event
The Full Gospel Church of God countrywide is today celebrating ‘1 Day, 1 Million’.
The event is being celebrated under the theme, ‘ We are all together in social action’.
Sweating at the Camp: Waiting for A Cold Front!
I hear rumors that a COLD FRONT IS COMING. (Don’t panic if you have your vacation planned – a “cold front” in Belize means wind from the north -humidity goes lower and temperatures dipping into the 70s! It’s quite heavenly and means you MIGHT need a long sleeved shirt in the evening.)
But right now? It’s sweltering. (The actual temperature may say 87 but it feels like it is well into the 100s)
The Kekchi Mayas of Belize
While “Kekchi” is the common spelling in English-speaking countries like Belize, the indigenous spelling is “Qʼeqchiʼ.”
Little is known prior to the Spanish invasion. The Kekchi hail from Guatemala, specifically the Verapaz region. They refer to their homeland, Tezulutlan, as “the land of war”, which was ruled by a monarch with its own laws. Because the Kekchi were so spread out, Spain’s attempts to control or convert them mostly failed. After the Church failed to control the Kekchi, plantation owners and slavers stepped in.
Entertainment in San Pedro
San Pedro Town is located in the south part of Ambergris Caye in Northern Belize. It is twenty-five miles long and parallels Belize’s Barrier Reef. The town is made up of white sandy beaches and clear turquoise sea. Coconut palms sway in the cool sea breeze, which makes it the ideal location for tourists to escape to. The island consists of quite a few luxurious hotels, restaurants, bars, clubs and family activities (inland and water activities). Being the most developed island in Belize, there are plenty of restaurants and bars to keep you entertained. Here are a few to add to your list:
People of Belize Continuation
Many other cultures have found their way home to Belize.
These people were brought to Belize during the colonial slave trade, taken from India and forced to work sugar plantations. The East Indians of Today’s Belize are most prominent in Toledo District. Understandably, their addition to the dinner table of Belize has come in a variety of Indian dishes.
Most of the Arab peoples of Belize came from Lebanon, Palestine, and Syria. These people came to Belize with mercantile aspirations, yet found enough to love about the country that they chose to stay within the Belize and Cayo Districts.
THE TRUTH THAT NO ONE WILL TELL YOU ABOUT BELIZE
What I do remember about Belize is being (figuratively) lost in a jaguar rain forest without a soul around. I felt shy feline eyes on me as I observed the tropical birds and water dripping from foreign plants. The Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, the world’s first Jaguar Preserve, protects more than 80 of these endangered cats from obvious deforestation and encroachment that sits at the park’s eastern doorstep. Bring a swimsuit for a private swim under a waterfall after a steamy hike.
BTB National Tourism Awards 2019,64 min. See who wins, tune in to the National Tourism Awards 2019.
Warriors fest at Corozal tortuga, 6min.
Belize vacation, 4min.
Olatunji in San Ignacio, Belize, 2min.
Releasing Painted Turtle , Belize C.A, 1min.
Belize Family Vacation, 7min.
PLB Opening Season | Bandits SC vs BDF FC | Live at Isidoro Beaton Stadium, Belmopan, 2hr26min.
, 1/2min. Fly by of a shipwreck on the Belize Barrier Reef while on Tropic Air Blue Hole Tour. These views never get old for us.